As mentioned in Part 1, gluten sensitivity is easier to diagnose and treat than gluten intolerance in Western medicine. However, in Chinese medicine there are MANY herbal formulas to address this problem. They are composed of herbs that "Regulate Qi" and relieve "Food Stagnation". Ironically, "sprouted" grains & seeds, fruits, and fermentation are HEALING and indispensable:
fu xiao mai [wheat]
yi yi ren [pearl barley]is not believed to be allergenic
is estimated that 30-40% of the population has some sort of gluten sensitivity,
compared to the <1% who have Celiac disease [Osborne, 2016]. With 70% of those
who think they have Celiac disease actually having a gluten sensitive
disorder [Osborne, 2016]. Properly
differentiating then treating Celiac disease vs. gluten intolerance vs. gluten
sensitivity avoids bigger problems down the road.
Gluten intoleranceis the inability to digest gluten,
a family of storage proteins found in all grains.
I wrote this long article because many women were approaching me for help related to complaints of fatigue. Yet, they did not present with the Chinese medicine diagnosis I expected. Some were self-treating with substances [including Chinese herbals] that were dis-harmonious with their constitution, making accurate diagnosis and treatment difficult. While women are mostly impacted by CFS, 20% of sufferers are men who remain undiagnosed [Clayton, 2015, p.
Chinese medicine addresses age-related
cognitive decline by harmonizing the mind, and safeguarding the Three Treasures
(jing qi, and shen). This is loosely equivalent to nourishing the nerves,
regulating hormones, supporting adrenal glands, and protecting genetic
endowments (jing). Food-as-medicine is self-care in these regards.
Glycineis an amino acid shown to benefit memory and
cognition by enhancing
transmission of chemical signals in the brain.
It is concentrated in animal gelatin
People of all ages and walks of life experience acute & chronic stress that result in anxiety & depression, and somatic complaints such as pain.Stress management is core to healing!
recently interned at a hospital-based pain & stress clinic where I received
the same acupuncture treatments given to patients. What I realized
from this experience was that while we have an accurate perspective on our acute stressors, we do not have insight into our chronic
stress. Stress is not just psycho-emotional in nature but encompasses stressors that are structural, immunological, hormonal, metabolic, nutritional, toxicological /infectious
and genetic in nature.